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Picture Snatcher (1933)

Not Rated | | Drama, Crime | 6 May 1933 (USA)
Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't ... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Bacon

Writers:

Daniel Ahern (based on a story by) (as Danny Ahern), Allen Rivkin (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Cagney ... Danny Kean
Ralph Bellamy ... McLean
Patricia Ellis ... Patricia Nolan
Alice White ... Allison
Ralf Harolde ... Jerry
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Police Lt. Casey Nolan
Robert Barrat ... Grover
G. Pat Collins ... Hennessy (as George Pat Collins)
Arthur Vinton ... John
Tom Wilson Tom Wilson ... Leo
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Storyline

Ex-convict Danny Kean decides to become honest as a photographer for a paper. He falls in love with Patricia, the daughter of the policeman who arrested him. Mr Nolan, her father, doesn't like that relation at first, but McLean, Kean's boss, convinces him of Kean's good nature. But Kean uses his relation to Patricia to make a photo of an execution. Due to this, Nolan loses his stripes and Kean isn't allowed to see Patricia any longer. But when one of his former friends kills two policemen, Kean sees his chance.... Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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His camera takes 'em from love nests to Page One before they can bat an eye---or put on a negligee!

Genres:

Drama | Crime

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann mit der Kamera See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Vaughn Taylor. See more »

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During the car chase after Danny has left the execution at Sing Sing, the car loses its left rear tire. However, in a couple of shots from the front of the vehicle as it careens out of control, the left rear tire is visibly intact. See more »

Quotes

[Danny is giving a tour of his newspaper's printing room]
Journalism Student: Yes, here it is - white wood pulp, plain white... Why, today it's raw, but tonight it's cooked with printer's ink, photographic art, the sweat of creative effort. Tomorrow it goes out and hundreds of thousands of men and women feed their starving, mediocre souls on the indiscretions and adventures of others. And then, a little while later, what is it?
Danny Kean: Don't you know? They use it to wrap herring.
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References 42nd Street (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Young and Healthy
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Allison shows Danny the newspaper headline
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subtle? Nope--but very entertaining
19 July 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is a rather strange early Code film that features Jimmy Cagney as a sleazy ex-con who now devotes his energies to taking pictures for newspapers. But, given his larcenous nature, he specializes in getting the pictures no one else would dare take due to good taste! For example, at an execution, he insinuates himself into the prison as a witness to the execution and snaps a photo surreptitiously--getting his paper a big scoop on the competition. While Cagney's character is sleazy, he is also rather likable in the usual plucky and swaggering way the public learned to expect during the 1930s. However, in the film, all this bravado and lack of good taste eventually came to haunt him--after all, who would want a boyfriend or husband like that?! An interesting curio that is both entertaining and original.


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